NHA News Release: September 13, 2016

NHA presents World-Renowned Walden Chamber Players at the Whaling Museum September 30

NANTUCKET, MA – The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) is pleased to announce the return of the world-famous Walden Chamber Players piano quintet for a performance on Friday, September 30, 2016, at 7 P.M. at the Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street.

Founded in 1997, the Walden Chamber Players are considered one of the most exciting and versatile chamber groups performing today. The Walden Chamber Players bring together rousing and eclectic combinations of string, piano, and wind ensembles that draw from a rich palette of sources and styles. Based in New England, the ensemble performs in some of the most prestigious venues throughout the United States.

Friday’s performance will feature classical pieces including “Piano Trio in C Major, Hob XV:27” by Joseph Haydn, “New England Travelogue” by Gernot Wolfgang, and “Piano Quintet” by César Franck.

Tickets for the performance are $10 per person and free for NHA members and can be purchased in advance at www.nha.org/tickets. Doors open at 6:30 P.M., with the concert beginning promptly at 7 P.M.

“The NHA is thrilled to welcome back the Walden Chamber Players for an exciting performance at the Whaling Museum,” says Brianne Roth, NHA Public Programs Coordinator. “This year’s beautiful selections will surely delight and inspire music lovers of all ages.”

The Walden Chamber Players appearing at the Whaling Museum are:

Ashima Scripp: Artistic Director of the Walden Chamber Players, cellist Ashima Scripp has performed with orchestras, ensembles, and in recitals in major concert halls around the world. She has received top prizes at many prestigious competitions, such as the First Prize in competitions held by the Union League Civic and Arts Foundation, the Skokie Valley Symphony, and the North Shore Musicians Club. She holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and Northwestern University, and is on the cello and chamber music faculty of the Longy School of Music and Concord Academy in Massachusetts.

Christof Huebener: A founding member and Artistic Director Emeritus of the Walden Chamber Players, violist Christof Huebner was born in Vienna, where he attended the Vienna Conservatory and subsequently the Wiener Musikhochschule. Continuing his studies with Michael Tree at the Saint Louis Conservatory as a Fulbright Scholar, he received his artist diploma. Before coming to the US, he played with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna State Opera Orchestra, and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra.

Omar Chen Guey: Brazilian violinist Omar Chen Guey has performed internationally as a soloist with orchestras, in recitals and chamber music concerts throughout Brazil as well as the United States, Europe, Taiwan, Kenya, Qatar and the Seychelles. He received a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University, a Master's degree from the Juilliard School, and a Bachelor's from Manhattan School of Music.

Irina Muresanu: Violinist Irina Muresanu has won international acclaim as an outstanding young soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician, having achieved top prizes in numerous international violin competitions, including the Montreal International, Queen Elizabeth Violin, UNISA International String, Washington International, and the Schadt String Competitions. A native of Bucharest, Romania, she received the prestigious Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory in 1999, where she is currently a candidate for her Doctorate in Musical Arts.

Christopher Oldfather: Pianist Christopher Oldfather has devoted himself to the performance of twentieth-century music for more than thirty years. He has been a member of Boston’s Collage New Music since 1979, New York City’s Parnassus since 1997, New York Philomusica since 2007. As soloist he has appeared with the MET Chamber Players, the San Francisco Symphony, and Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt, Germany. His recording of Elliott Carter's violin-piano “Duo” with Robert Mann was nominated for two Grammy Awards in 1990. He collaborated with the late Robert Craft, and can be heard on several of his recordings.

For more information about the programs and events at the Nantucket Historical Association, please visit www.nha.org/programs or call 508-228-1894.

Event Information:
Walden Chamber Players Evening Concert
Friday, September 30, 2016
7 P.M. (doors open at 6:30 P.M.)
FREE for NHA members
$10/general public
(Register or purchase tickets in advance)
Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street